Born: 1896, Norwich, Norfolk.

Baptised: 4th April 1897, at St. Philip’s Church, Heigham, Norfolk. Parents: Bessie & Sidney George Elmer, a Clerk, of 5, Edinburgh Road, Norwich, Norfolk.

Died: 14th January 1916; age 19; KiA by a rifle grenade from the enemy’s trenches.

E.A.D.T. – Friday, 21st January 1916 – THREE IPSWICH SOLDIERS BURIEDAt a cemetery in France on Sunday were interred the remains of Lance Corporal Wilfred Sidney Elmer, a single man, of 14, Cromwell Street, Lance Corporal Albert Edward Pallant, a married man, of Bramford Lane, and Private Robert Powell, a single man, of Tooley Street, three Ipswich members of the 4th Suffolks, who were killed in action by a rifle grenade from the enemy’s trenches on the 14th January. The English Burial Service was rendered at the graveside, and the graves will be turfed and properly marked by their comrades. The case of the married man is made more sad by the fact that his period of service would have expired and he would have been sent back to his wife and family in a fortnight. All three had won the highest reputation as good soldiers – men who always did their duty, and were an excellent example to their comrades. Private A. C. Gage, was on Saturday removed to hospital, wounded.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Lance Sergeant; Service Number: 1609

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


Grave Reference:


Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Sidney George & Bessie Elmer, of 14, Cromwell Street, Ipswich.




1901   5, Edinburgh Road, West Wymer, Norfolk.


Wilfred was 4 years old and living with his parents, brother & paternal aunt.

Sidney George Elmer, 25, an Agent Mercantile Office, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Bessie Elmer (nee Cove), 25, born Rougham, Norfolk.

Geoffrey Lewis Elmer, 1, born Norwich.

Edith Elmer, 29, a Teacher of Music – own accountant, born Norwich.


1911   14, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


Wilfred was 14 years old, an Office Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Sidney, 35, an Accountant – own account.

Bessie, 35.

Geoffrey, 11.

Winifred Dorothy Elmer, 8, born Norwich.

Cecil Horace Elmer, 5, born Norwich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Sidney George Elmer – father.


Wilfred is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.


Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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